Last Updated on November 10, 2021
Elderflower Tom Collins with environmentally friendly Mermaid Gin from the Isle of Wight
Mermaid gin is truly unmissable. Their glass bottle is iconic – sculpted to look like scales from the mermaid that is the gin’s namesake and a beautiful deep blue colour. Decorated with biodegradable paint, with a natural cork, wooden top and paper seal it’s the perfect example of how we should be moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle but shouldn’t have to compromise our aesthetic values. It’s one of those bottles that has real shelf appeal.
The distillery, based on the Isle of Wight is also working on a number of sustainability projects. They have Net Zero status and have been plastic-free for two years. They invest in projects including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Surfers against Sewage and more to help protect the environment as best they can. Their programme with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust aims to monitor and restore seagrass meadows in the waters surrounding the Isle of Wight. And, they are also working with One Seed, a community forestry social enterprise that works to replant forests, one seed at a time. As well as creating initiatives to support environments, they also aim to educate and work towards fighting poverty and hunger.
Now, none of this would work if the gin they produced didn’t live up to expectations. Thankfully it does and I’m enjoying drinking it as a straight gin and tonic and even just sipping it slowly. The main botanicals include Rock Samphire, elderflower, liquorice root, juniper, grains of paradise and Boadicea hops (the most environmentally friendly hop which is naturally aphid resistant. While I’m enjoying it straight, I love the challenge of finding the right classic cocktail to make with each spirit I try – and for Mermaid Gin I decided that an Elderflower Collins would be perfect. The Elderflower Collins is a truly simple drink to make – a mix of gin, fresh lemon juice, elderflower cordial or liqueur and soda water. It doesn’t need a cocktail mixer, just enough ice to fill a Collins glass. I made mine using St Germain, a favourite elderflower cordial which seems to make every cocktail I try taste even better.
Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try an Elderflower Collins yourself.
An easy recipe for a gin cocktail with St Germain - Elderflower Collins
- 1 large Lemon
- 50 ml Mermaid gin
- 25 ml St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 125 ml Soda Water I used Mexican lime soda
- 2 slices Lemon To garnish
Squeeze the lemon into a jug.
Add the Mermaid Gin and St Germain
Fill two collins glasses with ice
Add the gin mixture to the glasses
Top up each glass with soda water
Garnish each glass with a slice of lemon
Now, if you’d like to try an Elderflower Tom Collins for yourself, Mermaid Gin is available from various online suppliers including from The Isle of Wight Distillery (where it is made) and from John Lewis, Tescos, Harvey Nichols, M&S, Fenwick and Waitrose at an RRP of £38
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